John Timu recovers two Doug Martin fumbles in win

With Shea McClellin sidelined by concussion symptoms, John Timu started his second game at inside linebacker and made quite an impact in the Bears’ 26-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Timu shared the team lead with Christian Jones with six tackles apiece. But his greatest contributions were the two fumble recoveries he recorded at pivotal moments in the game.

Early in the second quarter after the Bears had tied the game at 7, Harold Jones-Quartey tackled Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who fumbled away the ball to Timu. The Bears added a field goal after the takeaway to give themselves a 10-7 lead.

Timu struck again late in the third quarter immediately following a Pat O’Donnell punt. Martin fumbled a second time after a hit by Jonathan Anderson and Timu recovered it. Five players later, Jay Cutler connected with Ka’Deem Carey for a one-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 20-14 lead.

The Bears have done a good job developing young players this season and they may have found a contributor in Timu. Exactly what kind of contribution Timu will play going forward remains to be seen, but I think he can find — at minimum — a backup spot on the 2016 roster.

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